Fasten your seat belts as we go on a wild ride into the psyche and the vision behind the Terminator. Get ready to discover things you would never have imagined, some of which you can use to impress other fans with later.
These days, The Terminator is widely classified as a Sci-Fi movie. However, when it was originally written it was intended to be a horror movie and people who have love for cinematography, who take the time to study the movie again, will be able to identify many of the classic themes and motives that are present in a Slasher movie. When seen in this way, these could give ‘The Terminator’ a whole new interpretation.
One of the most vivid scenes from the movie comes close to the end when the tanker truck explodes. However, this tanker truck is actually a model and the scene was shot twice in order to achieve the perfect effect.
Sylvester Stallone was originally considered for the role of the Terminator, which would certainly have given the movie a very different feel. Just one year after The Terminator was release, Sylvester Stallone and James Cameron wrote the screenplay for Rambo: First Blood Part II together, which fueled fierce competition between Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger over who was the definitive action hero. People who watch the Last Action Hero movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger may notice that in this alternative universe the role of ‘The Terminator’ was indeed given to Sylvester Stallone, as can be seen from a cardboard cutout portraying the Rambo star as the Terminator.
The entire Cyberdyne plot that appears in the sequel to the Terminator was intended to appear in the originally movie. However, it had to be cut due to budget reasons and instead of scrapping it altogether James Cameron decided to shelve it and save it for later.
It is no real secret that James Cameron can be a bit intimidating when he takes on the role as director. This point became a running joke during the filming of The Terminator movie and in fact many of the crew could be seen wearing T-shirts declaring; You can’t scare me, I work for James Cameron.